of uneven surface; full of bumps: a bumpy road.
full of jolts: a bumpy ride.
causing jolts: Bumpy air shook the airplane.
having many difficulties or failures; full of ups and downs: He had a rather bumpy career before he settled down in his present job.
- bump·i·ly, adverb
- bump·i·ness, noun
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How to use bumpy in a sentence
Maryland Democrats are pressing for “a course correction” on the state’s bumpy vaccination rollout, a reflection of the Washington area’s anxiety over the handling of limited doses amid reports of more contagious virus strains in the region.Maryland Democrats call for ‘course correction’ amid regionwide frustration over vaccine rollout | Erin Cox, Rebecca Tan, Antonio Olivo | February 3, 2021 | Washington Post
They were left with a dry, bumpy, brittle crust covering a weakened layer of moist soil.Mars’s mascara-like streaks may be caused by slush and landslides | Charlie Wood | February 3, 2021 | Popular-Science
The post drew backlash from some who felt the former football star was getting special treatment, as millions of vulnerable Americans still have not received theirs amid a bumpy and disorganized distribution scheme.SNL’s cold open asks if anything in America still works | Anya van Wagtendonk | January 31, 2021 | Vox
The support account on Twitter quickly became inundated with customers asking why their Internet was slow and bumpy.Big Internet outages hit the East Coast, causing issues for Verizon, Zoom, Slack, Gmail | Rachel Lerman | January 26, 2021 | Washington Post
Like many first-time founders, I faced a bumpy road with a lot of lessons, and we eventually shut the company down.The founder who decided to to stop fundraising and instead hold onto her equity | Rachel King | January 24, 2021 | Fortune
British Dictionary definitions for bumpy
having an uneven surface: a bumpy road
full of jolts; rough: a bumpy flight
- bumpily, adverb
- bumpiness, noun
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